Are you looking for some inspiration for your little one’s name? Check out the most popular names from 2021! These names were chosen based on Social Security Administration data, so they’re sure to be popular for years to come. Whether you’re looking for a classic or searching for some trending names, there’s sure to be a perfect name here. So take a look and find the perfect name for your little one!
This year’s most popular girl names are:
2021’s most popular name for girls was Olivia, the name of a Shakespearean heroine that’s found success as a mainstay on baby name charts for years. Olivia was chosen for this year’s top spot due to the number of celebrity children who were given the name.
Amelia has been popular since 2009, when it hit its high point. Since then, it’s been a steady favorite, coming in as the second most popular for girls.
Charlotte has gained popularity among other parents-to-be. Its popularity helped push this moniker to the third spot on 2021’s list for girls!
This Italian name has been one of the most popular names for girls for three years running. It comes from a Greek word meaning “wisdom,” making it a great choice for parents looking for an intelligent or strong girl!
Mila is a Russian diminutive of the name Maria that has recently become popular. The name means “industrious” or “determined,” making it a great choice for parents looking for an independent child!
This name comes from the Scottish Gaelic word mack, meaning “son of,” and is often used in place of the name McKenzie.
Zoe has been a contender for top five names since. The Greek word means “life,” making it one of the most popular choices for parents looking to give their child a unique moniker with an interesting meaning!
This trendy Hispanic name means “grace” and is often pronounced Cam-EE-la rather than the English pronunciation. It has been gaining popularity for the past few years and is currently at its highest rank ever, making it a great choice for parents!
Amelia has been popular since 2009 when it hit its high point after being chosen by Kate Winslet for her daughter in 2009. Since then, it’s been a steady favorite, coming back on the list this year as the third most popular name for girls!
Stella, a Latin word meaning “star,” first hit the list in 1931 after being chosen by Jada Pinkett Smith for her daughter in 1997. It became a favorite again after being chosen by Kate Hudson for her son in 2012!
This year’s most popular boy names are:
Liam wins the day for being the most popular boys’ name in 2021. It comes from an Anglicized form of the Irish name “Oilliam.” Since then, it has been a favorite among families everywhere!
Mason is a French occupational name related to “stonemason,” or someone who works with stone. In 1998, Kate Hudson chose this moniker for her son with ex-husband Chris Robinson. Since then, it’s been one of the most popular choices for parents looking for a strong boy name!
Jacob is Hebrew for “supplanter,” or one who follows after another person to take his place. In the Bible, Jacob was the brother of Esau. He famously tricked their father into giving him Esau’s birthright as eldest son by covering himself with goat skin so that he would feel smooth like Esau. The name ranked #1 from 1997-2000 and has remained a top pick ever since!
William comes from a Germanic name meaning “with gilded helmet.” It is also related to the name “Hugh” and was chosen by actor Will Smith for his second son in 2005. William ranked as one of the top names from 2003-2009 and has remained a popular pick for boys ever since!
Noah is Hebrew for “peaceful,” making it a great choice for parents looking to give their child an auspicious moniker! This moniker reached its highest rank ever in 2013 after being chosen by singer Kelly Clarkson for her firstborn.
Benjamin is Hebrew and means “son of my right hand.” It was ranked #1 from 2014-2016 but has since dropped down to its current spot as the seventh most popular boy’s name.
Matthew originates in the Hebrew name “Mattathia” which comes from the word for “gift of God.” This moniker has been incredibly popular since it first made its way onto the list in 1988, quickly rising to #1 by 1994!
Alexander is Greek for “defender of men,” making it a top choice for parents looking to bestow their child with an auspicious name! It has risen steadily since 2013 when Kate Hudson chose it for her son with Matt Bellamy.
Michael originates in the Hebrew name “Mikha’el” which means “who is like God?” It was chosen by Kelly Clarkson for her firstborn and has remained a popular pick ever since!
This year’s list is proof that parents are still looking for trendy names with rich histories, even as technology rapidly changes the world! Who knows what might be popular in 2022?